The Front Bar
The Front Bar (formerly Friday Front Bar) is an Australian Football League-based talk show that airs on the Seven Network. The show is hosted by journalist Andy Maher and comedians Mick Molloy and Sam Pang.
|The Front Bar|
|Presented by||Andy Maher|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||3|
|Producer(s)||Front Bar Entertainment|
|Production location(s)||Seven Broadcast Centre Melbourne
All Nations Hotel
Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria (2015-2016)
|Running time||60 minutes (including advertisements)|
|Original network||AFL.com.au (2015–16)|
Seven Network (2016–present)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original release||2015 –|
The show, which airs from March to September during the AFL season, launched in 2015 as an online-only show on the official AFL website, AFL.com.au, although Molloy and Maher had previously worked together on Before the Game. In 2016, the Seven Network picked up the show, with episodes being split into two segments, with the first half being uploaded to AFL.com.au on Friday afternoon and the second half airing after the Friday night match on the Seven Network in the traditional AFL states and on 7mate in New South Wales and Queensland. Episodes were filmed at the All Nations Hotel in Richmond.
In 2017, the show was renamed to The Front Bar and extended to a one-hour studio-based format. In April, the show moved to Thursday nights to go head-to-head with the Nine Network's long-running The Footy Show. The series is produced by Front Bar Entertainment, with episodes generally featuring the hosts drinking Carlton Draught beer as they discuss the week's topics. To date, the guest pool has included Matthew Richardson, Kevin Bartlett, Brian Taylor and Jason Dunstall. In 2019, they also welcomed Garry Lyon as a guest, which was significant since he had been a longtime co-host of The Footy Show.
In 2018, during the AFL offseason, one of their editions centered on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Later that same year, they also did an episode that included nods to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. In 2019, their Grand Final show was held at the Hotel Esplanade in St Kilda  and included AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan as a guest and Picket Palace as the house band. In November, two episodes will air during the Australian cricket season.
The show consistently beat The Footy Show in the ratings beginning in the latter half of the 2017 season and continuing until Nine Network axed The Footy Show in 2019.
- "Join Us at the Friday Front Bar!". Big Footy. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- "Footy fever at – All Nations in Richmond". Australian Hotels Association Victoria. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- Perry, Kevin (3 April 2017). "Can Mick Molloy's Front Bar bring down Nine's Footy Show?". Decider TV. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
- Grand Final Show Teaser The Front Bar on Twitter
- Mitchell, Tim (6 November 2019). "The Front Bar to host two cricket specials during Australia-Pakistan Test series". Herald Sun. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
- Garry Lyon comments on The Footy Show's struggles, SEN 1116, May 2018